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Mills Concert Hall

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455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Mills Hall is named for Charles H. Mills. From 1914 until his death in 1937, Charles Mills was a professor of music and the director of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin. One of his most noted accomplishments there was “the Wisconsin plan” which provided for the acceptance of music courses for entrance credit by the University of Wisconsin on an equal basis with recognized academic subjects. The high standards Mills set as a basis for granting this increase in entrance credits for music were credited with greatly increasing the quality of public school music education, and the “Wisconsin plan” served as an example for other states to follow.

Mills also elevated the level of music study at the University of Wisconsin. When he came to Wisconsin, the School of Music offered only a two-year course leading to a certificate. During his tenure here, it became a four-year course leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s and Doctoral programs were introduced. One of Mills’s last public appearances was at the 1937 commencement exercises, where he escorted his first Ph.D. candidate, Robert A. Sromovsky. The program was shifted from a conservatory-type course to a broader educational program in which nearly half the credits earned by graduates were in subjects outside of music including English, History and languages. Mills believed that it was important for musicians to be well-rounded individuals.

Learn more here: http://music.library.wisc.edu/wma/papers/mills_ch/mills_ch.htm

February 2019

UW Wind Ensemble – Presenting the winner of the inaugural Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition – Livestreamed Concert

February 17 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This concert will be livestreamed. Check this page for updates: https://www.music.wisc.edu/video/ Scott Teeple, conductor. Featuring the winner of our inaugural Concerto Competition for wind musicians, which will be offered every two years. Program: Midori Samson Le bal de Beatrice d’Este (1905) - Reynaldo Hahn Cole Hairston, graduate conductor A Solemn Place (2016) - Wayne Oquin Ross Wolf, graduate conductor Laude (1975) - Howard Hanson Concerto for Bassoon (1999) - Friyges Hidas Ms. Midori Samson, bassoon Across the Divide (2014) -…

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UW Concert Band

February 17 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor. Program (subject to change): Nessum Dorma - Puccini Universal Judgement - Camille de Nardis Psalm for Band - Vincent Persichetti La Boutique Fantastique - Gioacchino Rossini, arranged by Ottorino Respighi Nobles of the Mystic Shrine - Sousa

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John Harbison Celebration: World Premiere of the Viola Sonata

February 17 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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SPECIAL EVENT: The world premiere of composer John Harbison's Viola Sonata, written for Sally Chisholm, violist of the Pro Arte Quartet. Ms. Chisholm will perform the sonata with Timothy Lovelace, professor of collaborative piano at the University of Minnesota and a resident member of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. John Harbison will be present for this premiere. The program will also include the Pro Arte Quartet performing John Harbison’s “Four Encores for String Quartet.” Ticketed event: $25. In tandem…

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UW-Western Percussion Ensemble with guest composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry

February 20 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting a three-day residency by composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry, who will perform with the UW-Western Percussion Ensemble. https://youtu.be/7NpeLVYaDmk The residency will consist of master classes and presentations, and will culminate in a concert highlighting Mr. Cole’s percussion ensemble music, including his recent work, “The Future is Bright” for soloist, film, and percussion ensemble. The UW Western Percussion Ensemble will perform all of the music on the concert, with Mr. Ferry joining the students for the evening’s central…

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Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello and Eli Kalman, piano

February 28 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Cellist Parry Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at UW-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 41 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet’s over 100 year history. Mr. Karp has played concerti throughout the United States and gave the first performance in Romania of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest in…

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March 2019

Winds of Wisconsin

March 3 @ 6:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Winds of Wisconsin, directed by Professor Scott Teeple, is a high school wind ensemble which provides outstanding young musicians with an opportunity to learn wind literature of the highest quality. Winds of Wisconsin consists of two concerts with five rehearsals each, sectionals, an instrumental masterclass with UW-Madison School of Music faculty, and additional topics presented by the music education faculty.

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Faculty Recital: Jessica Johnson, solo piano

March 8 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This concert features works by female composers from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, honoring the bicentennial of Clara Schumann's birth. Works include: Romance, Op. 11, No. 1 (1839) by Clara Schumann; Dreaming, Op. 15, No. 3 (1892) by Amy Beach; Trois morceaux pour piano (1914) by Lili Boulanger; Troubled Water (1967) by Margaret Bonds; Azuretta (2000) by Regina Harris Baoicchi; Preludes (2002) by Elena RuehrThe Currents (2013) by Sarah Kirkland Snider; Bolts of Loving Thunder (2013) by Missy Mazzoli.…

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Wind Fest with Milwaukee Symphony Guests

March 9
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wind Fest with Milwaukee Symphony Guests Come join UW-Madison faculty members and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra guest artists for our first Wind Fest on March 9. Beginning at 1:30 PM, the afternoon will include master classes in flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon with MSO guests, followed by instrumental choir readings and chamber music master classes with members of the Wingra Wind Quintet, UW’s faculty quintet. There will also be time to visit with vendors and exhibitors before the day culminates in…

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University Bands

March 10 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Darin Olson, O'Shae Best and Cole Hairston, conductors.

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“Symphony Showcase” – Concerto Winners Solo with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra

March 10 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Winners of the 2018-2019 competition: Adalia Hernandez Abrego, piano Jiawen Zhang, piano Poulenc - Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor Chia-Yu Hsu, bassoon Bitsch - Concertino for Bassoon and Orchestra Cayla Rosché, soprano Strauss - Vier Letzte Lieder, TrV 296 Richard Silvers, violin Dvorak - Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 This is a ticketed event. $12 adults, free to students/children, music majors, faculty and staff. To avoid long lines, we suggest arriving 30 minutes early or…

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Faculty Recital: Julia Rottmayer, soprano and Martha Fischer, piano

March 12 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Soprano Julia Rottmayer and pianist Martha Fischer present a concert featuring art songs from a mother and child's perspective. While these songs represent a variety of languages and cultures, the experiences of mothers and children are remarkably similar. Repertoire will include works ranging from Charles Ives's songs to Mussorgsky's The Nursery and Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben. Soprano Julia Rottmayer is active in the stage, concert, and teaching arenas. Along with her interpretation of standard repertoire, Dr. Rottmayer is an avid…

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Wisconsin Brass Quintet

March 14 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Please note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the March performance of the WBQ will not include percussionist Anthony DiSanza. We announce trumpeter Jean Laurenz, who replaces Alex Noppe, who received an offer that tempted him from Madison. The performance is now free of charge, no tickets required. Formed in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet has maintained a position at the forefront of brass chamber music. The WBQ’s commitment to commissioning, arranging, transcribing, and reimagining repertoire has afforded the group…

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Le Domaine Musical with Marc Vallon

March 15 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Program to be published in early spring. Read about a previous Le Domaine Musical.

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UW Concert Band – Spring Concert

March 26 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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Pro Arte Quartet

March 28 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, it became one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and was named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium. Its world reputation blossomed in 1919 when the quartet began the first of many tours that enticed notable composers such as Milhaud, Honegger, Martin, and Casella to write new works for…

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Uri Vardi Quintets: Students, Friends, and Family

March 29 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Featuring Uri Vardi, cello; Christopher Taylor, piano; David Perry, violin; Soh- Hyun Altino, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Amitai Vardi, clarinet; James Waldo, cello; David Scholl, double bass. This concert will feature quintets of Boccherini, Mozart, and Schubert. Mr. Vardi has performed as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber player across the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and his native Israel. Born in Szeged, Hungary, Vardi grew up on kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, Israel. He studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, was…

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Faculty Recital: David Scholl, double bass

March 31 @ 2:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Double bassist David Scholl, adjunct professor of string bass, currently serves as principal bass of the Madison, Quad City, and Dubuque Symphonies. He frequently appears with Elgin, Rockford, and South Bend Symphonies, among others, and was previously a member of the Illinois Symphony. Mr. Scholl is also active in the new music community, including appearances as a guest artist on Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series, University of Chicago’s Contempo series, and with the Spektral Quartet. In addition to his work as…

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April 2019

UW Concert Choir

April 6 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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UW Chorale

April 12 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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Low Brass Ensemble

April 13 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The UW-Madison Low Brass Ensemble features students from the trombone and tuba/euphonium studios. With Tom Curry and Mark Hetzler, directors.

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Combined Choirs Concert

April 13 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Masters Singers, University Chorus and Women’s Chorus.

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Twisted Metal

April 17 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The UW Horn Choir performs their annual rock-inspired spring show. Daniel Grabois, director.

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Wisconsin Singers Spring Showcase

April 20 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wisconsin Singers’ 51st season show features the best of the past 40 years of pop music. Appropriately titled, "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now!", this year’s show is non-stop fun that will impress audiences with stellar song and dance, big band sound, and classic Badger spirit featuring top talents at UW-Madison. Be prepared to be transported back in time with memorable “one-hit-wonders,” then return to today with award-winning music from the Grammys, Tonys and Oscars. We offer a little something for…

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Western Percussion Ensemble

April 24 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Anthony DiSanza, director.

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UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra

April 26 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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All-University Strings

April 27 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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All-University Strings is comprised of two non-major string orchestras (named Orchestra One and Orchestra Two), open to all interested string players. With Pedro Oviedo, conductor.

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UW Wind Ensemble

April 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.    

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UW Concert Band and Reception with Mike Leckrone – Spring Concert

April 28 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor. The School of Music will honor retiring Director of Bands, Mike Leckrone, with a reception after his final appearance as conductor of the Concert Band. If weather permits, the concert and reception will be held in the Humanities courtyard.   Mike Leckrone. Image by UW Communications.    

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University Bands

April 28 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Darin Olson, O'Shae Best and Cole Hairston, conductors.

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Madrigal Singers

April 28 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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